Golf: GB OLympic hockey hero tops golf rostrom at La Manga Club

19:00 04 March 2013

Chloe Rogers. left, with her England teammate Nicola Clarke, Ann Hynes and& Jayne Errington

Chloe Rogers. left, with her England teammate Nicola Clarke, Ann Hynes and& Jayne Errington

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LONDON 2012 Great Britain hockey bronze medallist Chloe Rogers showed that she’s also more than handy with a set of golf clubs by helping England register a third successive win in the prestigious Ladies Golf Cup World Final at Spain’s La Manga Club.

Rogers, who plays off a handicap of four at Braintree Golf Club, had no trouble swapping her hockey stick for golf clubs and played a leading role as England held off nearest challengers Thailand to claim victory in the 36-hole competition.

The 27-year-old Leicester Ladies star, who has won more than 160 combined caps for England and Great Britain, won both her matches on La Manga Club’s famous fairways and was one of only two players to score maximum points at the international event.

Entering the final day on the resort’s renowned South Course, Rogers and her three teammates – Ann Hynes from Burhill GC, Enmore’s Jayne Errington and Nicola Clarke from Castle Royle GC – held a slender one-point advantage over their rivals from Thailand, with Portugal three points further back.

With each nation represented in four four-balls and points awarded on a sliding scale with the top Stableford scorer in each group receiving three points, there was plenty to play for and Thailand started strongly, levelling the scores when their leading player claimed a maximum return.

But the England quartet, who were sponsored by Callaway, Tommy Hilfiger and Golf Queen, were in no mood to surrender their title and scored strongly in the remaining matches, culminating with a second maximum from Rogers as they finished on 18 points, three ahead of Thailand.

Rogers tweeted immediately after the victory: “We can report on a team England victory. Event great fun!”

Ben Lambourne, UK licensee for the Ladies Golf Cup, said: “The La Manga Club resort lived up to all its expectations and provided a wonderful platform with all its five-star facilities to ensure everyone enjoyed a memorable experience. Hats off to England for completing a hat-trick of victories at the world final.”

More than 1,500 ladies took part in the 2012 competition, with four winners qualifying from each country and earning a trip to Spain to enjoy the first-class facilities La Manga Club has to offer on and off the course.

La Manga Club is one of Europe’s leading golf destinations with three first-class courses. It has previously been the venue for numerous high-profile competitions, including the Spanish Open and Ladies European Tour Final Qualifying, and recently hosted the 2013 Spanish International Amateur Championship.

For further details about the Ladies Golf Cup and how to enter, go toladiesgolfcup.com.

For information on La Manga Club and to book call 00 34 968 17 5577, e-mail reserve@lamangaclub.com or visit lamangaclub.com.

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